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Bradley Laird's Grass Talk Radio Podcast episode 95

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Episode 95 - Common Mistakes

This episode is a discussion of 18 things which I've seen students do that I think hinder their progress. How many of these things are you guilty of?

I list all 18 items below on this page.

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The closing music for this episode are a couple of tracks from my Banjo Instruction Course.

banjo instruction course

Now is the time to learn some Christmas Songs on that mandolin! My son Jackon did a great job putting this together and creating all of the notation and tab for the eBook--and he gets his spending money whenever you buy a copy. Jackson sends you his hearty thanks!

Christmas Songs For Mandolin eBook

Here is my list of 18 Common Mistakes students make when taking lessons or attempting to learn to play an instrument:

1. Insufficient practice time.

2. Not doing the assigned work.

3. Playing when you should be listening.

4. Not memorizing the material.

5. Failure to breathe naturally.

6. Failure to practice standing up.

7. Refusing to use a metronome or good tracks.

8. Practicing too fast. Or too slow.

9. Being unreliable in paying your teacher.

10. Lack of understanding of the style being taught.

11. Giving up too soon.

12. Too much hunting for "secret weapons".

13. Lack of belief in one's self.

14. Fear of playing with others.

15. Replacing all formal training with jamming.

16. Working on too many things at once.

17. Failure to isolate difficult parts.

18. Lack of desire to perform.

And here are the two videos I mentioned in the podcast. No sheet music on this piano!

And here is Victor Borge with his famous "Page Turner" routine. Pure gold!


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